Zach MinersU.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

Zach Miners covers social networking, search, and general technology news for the IDG News Service, and is based in San Francisco.

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As Facebook's data tentacles spread, privacy questions resurface

A rebuilt advertising server makes use of Facebook user data across the wider Web

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Facebook's new research guidelines don't impress the professionals

A lack of information around transparency left some research experts wanting more details

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Activists push Facebook to abandon its real-names policy

A broad coalition is meeting with the company Wednesday to try and ask Facebook to allow the service's users to include aliases.

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Nextdoor, an app for connecting with neighborhoods, puts on its police cap

Nextdoor wants more police officers, fire departments and other safety workers using its site

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Uber defiant in face of new legal challenge

District attorneys for Los Angeles and San Francisco allege that Uber—and other ridesharing companies—have taken part in unlawful business practices. Uber doesn't think so.

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Yahoo will ring in the new year by killing its website directory

Other services like Yahoo Education and Qwiki will also close, Yahoo said. But it's the Web directory that first launched Yahoo onto the Web.

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Meet Ello, an ad-free social network that's proudly pro-privacy (but with caveats)

The site still gathers certain types of data about users

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Yahoo reports a drop in government data requests

There were 18,000 requests in the first six months of this year, down from 29,000 a year ago

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Alibaba shares open at a high $92.70

Shares were trading a tad lower around $90 later in the afternoon

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Mysterious entity acquires TwitPic, saving it from death

The TwitPic photo-sharing service for Twitter has been acquired, though it's not saying yet by whom.

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Alibaba's IPO could be 'open sesame' for global expansion

Alibaba's international expansion could accelerate following its US listing

Home Depot breach put 56 million payment cards at risk, company says

New encryption is in place in U.S. stores, the retailer said -- small consolation for those who were affected.

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Bug infects Apple's iOS 8 HealthKit, delaying third-party app launches

The iOS 8 feature plays a key role in Apple's health tracking ambitions

Lyft car-pooling opens in LA despite regulatory challenge

California regulators last week called the service illegal. But that hasn't stopped services like Lyft from operating like business as usual.

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Yahoo slams new 'digital will' law, says users have privacy when they die

Yahoo says legislation giving estate attorneys broad data access violates its terms.